Works

Nuclear Hot Potato

To promote nuclear disarmament, Joey Skaggs, with friends and SVA students, created the Nuclear Hot Potato performance during an anti-nuclear demonstration.

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Gypsy Moth Protest

Jojo, the king of the New York gypsies (aka Joey Skaggs) and founder of Gypsies Against Stereotypical Propaganda (G.A.S.P.), called for a gypsy work stoppage until the gypsy moth was renamed.

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Thanksgiving Day Parade

In 1982, Skaggs and friends took giant photos of starving children to the Macy’s Day Parade and set them up along the parade route.

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Sewer Monster

New York’s Sewer Monster, thought to be just another urban legend like Bigfoot and the Abominable Snowman, actually left his home in the sewer to scare off some protestors in front of the Governor’s office in Midtown Manhattan.

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Disco Radio

In 1978, Skaggs and his School of Visual Arts students devised a satirical street performance to illustrate what could happen if everyone in society disregarded each other’s comfort zones.

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Metamorphosis: Roach Cure

“We have much to learn from cockroaches,” said entomologist Dr. Josef Gregor, (aka Joey Skaggs). “They’ve been around for 350 million years.” Gregor, leader of a group called Metamorphosis, said he had bred a superstrain of roaches, extracted their hormones and made a vitamin pill which cured arthritis, acne, anemia and menstrual cramps and made one invulnerable to nuclear radiation.

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Wall Street Shoeshine

Sir Joseph Bucks (aka Joey Skaggs), formerly a shoeshine man on Wall Street had listened to stock brokers who stopped in for a shine. Investing smartly, it didn’t take long for him to amass a fortune. Returning to his roots on Wall Street, he offered luxury shines for $5.00 a pop. Lots of shoes plus lots of news media got shined.

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Celebrity Sperm Bank

In July of 1976, Giuseppe Scaggoli (aka Joey Skaggs), proprietor of the Celebrity Sperm Bank, planned to hold an auction of rock star sperm in New York City. But when the sperm samples were stolen the night before the auction, havoc and mayhem broke out in the street.

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Fame Exchange

Joey Skaggs arranged for a throng of screaming admirers with cameras to greet him as he arrived by limousine at the opening of the 8th annual Avant Garde Festival at 12 noon on November 19, 1971. Unsuspecting on-lookers were amazed to see John Lennon and Yoko Ono arrive at the same time. But all the attention of the adoring crowd was directed at Skaggs, who was totally unknown to the most of them.

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